Andy Short, who runs B Active at the Outdoor Alternative, won the gold medal in the men’s over 50’s singles event at the recent World Transplant Games.

It was Andy’s first World Games, representing team GB. He was in the badminton team and played singles , mixed and men’s doubles, winning the gold medal in the men’s over 50’s singles event, beating a player from the Czech republic in the final, and the top seed from GB in the semi final.

His life saving liver transplant was in November 2015. And having been a badminton player in the past, took it up again as part of his rehabilitation. He now plays regularly in the North Wales league for Menai Bridge Badminton Club.

He says: “We compete to raise awareness of organ donation and to celebrate the gift of life we have been given by our donors and their families. We encourage everyone to have the donation conversation with friends and family so that they know your wishes should the worst happen.”


Humphrey Knowles' beautiful Summer garden
Humphrey Knowles’ beautiful Summer garden

From A Holiday Memory – Dylan Thomas

August Bank Holiday. A tune on an ice-cream cornet. A slap of sea and a tickle of sand. A fanfare of sunshades opening. A wince and whinny of bathers dancing into deceptive water. A tuck of dresses. A rolling of trousers. A compromise of paddlers. A sunburn of girls and a lark of boys. A silent hullabaloo of balloons.
I remember the sea telling lies in a shell held to my ear for a whole harmonious minute by a small, wet girl in an enormous bathing-suit marked ‘Corporation Property’.